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PBR Heals All Wounds

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I was told today that with a (half) marathon staring me in the face on my 50th birthday this Saturday, I should be drinking a lot of water. That's because I have a bit of a cold that is lingering a bit too long.

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Escrow Withholding Increases

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Larry Brooks tweets,

Second quarter escrow withholding rate increases from 11.5 to 13.5% in response to NHL’s downward adjustment of second quarter HRR, Post has learned.

According to PA, current NHL HRR projection reflects lowest growth rate "by far" under current CBA. Yet franchise values continue to soar.

Pierre LeBrun tweet,

Certainly noteworthy. Not only because of lower HRR projections but also because of exchange rate and increased player compensation.Pierre LeBrun added,

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‘Smart’ Puck

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

PITTSBURGH (Dec. 10, 2018) – PPG (NYSE: PPG) and the National Hockey League (NHL®) today announced that official game pucks featuring thermochromic coatings supplied by PPG will be in play in the 2019 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic®, the much-anticipated matchup between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks at Notre Dame Stadium on New Year’s Day.

The advanced coatings change from purple to clear when a puck’s temperature is above freezing, providing a visual indication to officials that the puck should be replaced. The coated pucks will be tested at NHL tentpole events during the 2018-19 season and will be further evaluated for broader use in the future.

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Video- Talk Before The Puck Drops Tonight

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Larkin, Athanasious and Blashill before tonight's game.


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Video- Goals Of The Week

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3 1/2 minutes of goals.


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The Fighting Larkin

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Their leading scorer and best player emerged unscathed in a rare bout against the New York Islanders’ Josh Bailey, and Larkin gained even more respect in the room.

“It gets everybody fired up,” Luke Witkowski said. “Obviously, he’s one of our best players, so you don’t want to see that on a nightly basis because you don’t want him to get hurt. We need him on the ice as much as possible, but it gets us fired up.”...

Coach Jeff Blashill fully supports all his players, even the non-fighters, stepping up in similar fashion.

“I think opponents have to know that you’re going to stand up for yourself and your teammates,” Blashill said. “Early in (Larkin’s) career I thought a number of teams took runs at him to try to test his toughness. You don’t see that anymore because they know he’s tough. Not that he’s going to make a career out of fighting, nor do we want him to. But the fact that they know he’s got toughness means he’ll get enough space to create offense.


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Stars Of The Week

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Dec. 10, 2018) – Vancouver Canucks center Elias Pettersson, Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Louis Domingue and Calgary Flames left wing Johnny Gaudreau have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending Dec. 9. 

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Morning Skate For The Wings

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Paul

Ansar Khan gives us a tweet saying Jimmy Howard is in the starter's net.

Plus this from Khan...

Daley appears ready to return after missing five games with a lower-body injury. He’s paired with Cholowski. Other pairs are Kronwall-Green and Ericsson-Jensen. 

added 10:41am, Khan....

lines at the skate:
Ehn-de la Rose-Frk
Witkowski extra

added 10:46am, Khan again...

power play units:
1. Nielsen, Nyquist (half-walls), Larkin (bumper), Vanek (net front), Cholowski (point).
2. Frk, Athanasiou (half-walls), Bertuzzi (bumper), Rasmussen (net front), Green (point).

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Video- The NHL Action In Slow Motion

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

A bit over six minutes long.


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Now This Is A Road Trip

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Tracey Myers of NHL.com,

Rob Simpson is holding up well.

The 54-year-old sportscaster is going to 31 NHL games in 31 days but looked fairly rested at game No. 24 when the Montreal Canadiens played the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center on Sunday. After game No. 23, a 6-2 win for the Philadelphia Flyers at the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday, Simpson got home to Toronto for a rare good night's sleep.

"I did some laundry, got refreshed and flew into Chicago today," Simpson said. "So that's a highly unusual portion of the schedule to have that luxury."


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